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North End Guided Walks

Pilot Street Then & Now

Pilot Street Then & Now

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum has begun its annual season of guided walks around the North End area.

The walks start from the Museum in North Street, and are led by experienced local guides all enthusiasts for the rich community history of Lynn’s North End. From medieval merchants in St. Nicholas’ Chapel, to smugglers in Pilot Street these walks are a must for anyone interested in local history.

Dr Paul Richards, Chairman of the North End Trust, says “Few tales of Lynn can rival those found in the North End, its last fisherfolk yard, historic streets and magnificent Chapel”

These walks are available every Wednesday at 2pm from May to September and every Saturday at 12 noon from June to August. Tickets cost just £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, this also includes admission to the Museum and a free drink in the pleasant Georgian tearoom.

For more information contact the Museum on 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk.

*True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is a heritage site and town museum which tells the fascinating story of Lynn’s fishing community, of the men, women and families of the Old North End. Opened in 1991 due to the tireless efforts of Pat Midgley and the Northenders, it celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year.

www.truesyard.co.uk

 

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GEAR 2016 Results

Start of the race was streamed  live.

Start of the race was streamed live over the Internet.

Gear Results 2016

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GEAR to be streamed live over the internet.

gear video cameraThis year’s Bespak Grand East Anglia Run and Mini GEAR Fun Run, will be streamed live over the internet on Sunday, 1 May 2016.

The live stream camera will be positioned at the Start/Finish line on the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn. It will capture the action as it happens for both races. The live stream will be broadcast from the homepage of the Grand East Anglia Run, at www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk/.

The first broadcast will be from 09:55 to 10:15 covering the Mini GEAR Fun Run. The GEAR 10k race coverage will start from 10:40am. Over 3,500 runners are expected to cross the start line during the two races.

And for the very first time the 8 bells of the newly-refurbished St Nicholas Chapel will be rung at the start of the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run providing a festive beat to urge runners on.

One of the bellringers, Jon Benstead, explained: “For many centuries bells have been a means of communication, telling all within their hearing messages of merriment, sadness and caution. They are used to mark special occasions – weddings, coronations and funerals. In the 19th century bells were rung to celebrate the safe return of the whaling fleet.”

The Bespak Grand East Anglia Run takes place on Sunday, 1 May 2016, with the main 10k race starting at 10.45am in the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn, and the mini GEAR fun run starting at 10am. The fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town’s key heritage and retail areas.

Entries for this year’s event have broken all records and the Mini GEAR and GEAR are both closed.

www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk

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Rush for Festival tickets expected

Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett

King’s Lynn Festival organisers, delighted at the enthusiasm for this summer’s wide-ranging programme, expect a rush for tickets when the Festival box office opens on Monday. (April 25)

The packed two-week programme of 30 events being staged on July 17-30 features world-famous names from the worlds of classical music, jazz and folk plus exhibitions, films, walks and talks.

“Our goal is to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking 65th Festival and we are delighted that this year’s programme has already created a lot of interest,” said chairman Alison Croose.

“Priority booking for sponsors, patrons and Friends has been very encouraging with ticket sales up on the same period last year,” she said.

“We want to ensure the festival is accessible so we work hard to keep ticket prices at a reasonable level and we have been complimented on the modest prices for events featuring international names, said Mrs Croose.

To encourage young audiences a discounted tickets scheme for under 18s is supported by a fund set up in memory of Festival founder, Ruth Lady Fermoy.

Mrs Croose said the involvement of two major orchestras was a huge attraction – the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will launch the Festival with an exciting programme featuring magical music from the movies plus classical favourites, and the equally popular Czech National Symphony Orchestra with its celebrated conductor Libor Pesek, returns to give the final concert.

Festival artistic director Ambrose Miller said: “We have put together a top quality festival featuring major international classical musicians and stars of lighter music. There really is something for everyone.”

Emma Johnson Photo: John-Batten

Emma Johnson Photo: John-Batten

Clarinettist Emma Johnson will perform at the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert alongside the Piatti String Quartet – an event set to be a big draw.

Two musicians giving recitals in the Minster Church are already proving popular at the box office – Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, renowned for her performances of Bach’s music, and Catrin Finch, the harpist who was honoured to become Royal Harpist to the Prince of Wales when the historic title was revived 16 years ago.

Festival favourite soprano Lesley Garrett, is set to attract audiences from far and wide. Festival organisers have heard from a fan who will be travelling from Manchester especially to hear a programme including much-loved arias, songs by George Gershwin and classics from 20th century musicals. Another Lesley Garrett fan will have a much shorter journey – Gordon Eagle of Gaywood, King’s Lynn, has been a member of the Lesley Garrett Fan Club for many years and is delighted she is to make her third appearance at Lynn Festival.

Adding to the variety will be jazz stars Ray Gelato and Claire Martin plus Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, and leading names from the folk world will be The Unthanks and Lau.

Speakers include Andrew Graham-Dixon, who will give two talks, one on his current Scandinavian Art project and the other on The Secrets of the Mona Lisa. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb will speak on The Wives of Henry VIII.

St Nicholas’ Chapel with its superb acoustic will be the setting for an uplifting concert, The Glories of English Choral Music, by King’s Lynn Festival Chorus. It will be one of several events featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams 60 years after he conducted a festival concert in the chapel. A second event in the chapel is based on T S Eliot’s Four Quartets which will be spoken by actress Juliet Stevenson with cellist Guy Johnston playing selections from Bach cello suites, and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a poet and T S Eliot expert, discussing the texts.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s concert will include works by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann followed by a late-night harpsichord recital by David Wright.

The Festival visits West Acre Theatre for a Sunday afternoon concert and tea. The Alauda Quartet will provide the music and the next day will launch the series of five coffee concerts in Lynn Town Hall.

One of several events marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be the showing of Macbeth by King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club.

Featured musicians also include pianist Cordula Heiland, and music by visiting composer Toby Young will be performed by the Contemporary Consort. The Royal Geographical Society/IBG talk by Tristan Gooley will be entitled How to read water.

Tickets are available from the box office at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk. For further information, or to request a brochure call the Festival office on 01553-767557.

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Get ready to discover the Stories of Lynn

Council Leader Nick Daubney stands by one of the stunning  new dispalys.

Council Leader Nick Daubney stands by one of the fascinating new displays. All photos: John Beck

This Easter, King’s Lynn’s stunning new attraction Stories of Lynn will open its doors to the public, inviting them to come in and discover the stories behind the characters that helped shape the town.

Set within the magnificent, newly-revealed vaulted undercroft of the 15th-century Trinity Guildhall, Stories of Lynn is a unique attraction. It combines the town’s fascinating collection of objects and its extensive and nationally significant archive and brings them to life in an interactive and multi-media exhibition.

Listen to Nick Daubney talking to us about Stories of Lynn:

Stories of Lynn - Red RegisterOpening at 10am on 25 March 2016, Stories of Lynn will welcome visitors of all ages who will be able to discover the stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who shaped 800 years of the town’s history.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said: “This has been a fantastic project that really will bring the town’s history to life. The activities of some of the town’s most influential or notorious characters are documented in the archives and their stories told through the exhibition. It is an exciting and engaging exhibition and with a programme of activities and a new app under development, its appeal should reach an even wider audience. It’s a celebration of the town’s rich history and heritage.”

Stories of Lynn - Display 1The revitalised town hall complex will act as a gateway to the town’s other heritage sites including the Red Mount Chapel, neighbouring King’s Lynn Minster, Greyfriars Tower, True’s Yard, St. Nicholas’ Chapel and Lynn Museum.

Extensive work to the town hall complex and the creation of the new Stories of Lynn exhibition has been made possible by a grant of £1,850,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £800,000 from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and investments from other funders.

Stories of Lynn - Pricelsss Treasures

Stories of Lynn

800 years of Lynn’s history
A timeline of objects immerse visitors into the history of Lynn. An exciting game teaches them about the Hanseatic League, a group of powerful trading towns and cities around the Baltic and North seas. Hanse merchants traded in Lynn, and their imprint on the town is visible to this day.

Lynn’s most celebrated characters, such as Frances (Fanny) Burney and Margery Kempe come to life on the walls, to share their stories with visitors.

Children can dress up in mayoral robes, and examine place settings of meals that Lynn’s mayors would have enjoyed in different eras of history- some more lavish than others.

The Treasury
The Treasury is a dark and dramatic space designed especially to display King’s Lynn’s historic artefacts. On display the King John Cup, a 14th-century drinking vessel, lavishly decorated in gilt and enamel; a very rare example of a secular medieval cup. It will be accompanied by the King John sword and silver maces; magnificent regalia still used to this day in King’s Lynn’s annual mayor-making.

Stocks on display in the Old Gaolhouse.

Stocks on display in the Old Gaolhouse.

The Old Gaol House
In the Old Gaol House visitors can learn of the town hall’s history as King’s Lynn’s magistrate’s court and gaol. Interactive exhibits in the restored gaol cells explore the lives, and deaths, of King’s Lynn’s most notorious citizens. Everyone will be intrigued by the story of one of Lynn’s residents; a school teacher and respected academic who was convicted of murder. Visitors can see his skull, and learn about the old-fashioned theory of phrenology. Young visitors can dress up as gaolers and prisoners, and examine a ducking-stool and leg irons.

The King’s Lynn Borough Archives
Stories of Lynn will house the King’s Lynn Borough Archives, one of the country’s finest borough archives. It contains documents dating back to the 13th Century; which includes King John’s royal charter of 1204, and continuing all the way to the 20th Century. The documents help to tell the story of Lynn as recorded in registers of freemen, accounts, minutes of the town’s governing body and court records, amongst many others. Taking pride of place in the archive is the Red Register, which dates from 1307, and is the oldest complete paper archival book in England.

Working with the Norfolk Record Office, a brand new environmentally-controlled document storage area has been created. Alongside this will be an archive resources room, equipped with a study area and computers. Visitors can use the resources room with the assistance of an expert archivist to view these wonderful documents, by appointment. Visitors can also view digitised versions of the documents on the computers, during and outside of the archive’s opening hours.

The Norfolk Record Office, in collaboration with the borough council, will provide staffing to the archive, along with thousands of digitised images from key documents.

Education and outreach
A programme of educational opportunities, including ‘ask the experts’ sessions, themed masterclasses and an outreach programme, will be developed by Stories of Lynn’s Learning and Engagement Officer, supported by the archivist.

A learning resource room for visiting school groups has been created, along with a changing exhibition space for in-house displays, learning and community work.

Access to the Town Hall
A new extension, housing lift and stairs, has been added to the rear of the Old Goal House providing easy access to the historic first floor building. The first floor contains the 15th-century Stone Hall, and the splendid Georgian Assembly Room and Card Room, which visitors to Stories of Lynn can explore on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Stories of Lynn - LogoStories of Lynn will be open seven days a week, from 10am to 4:30pm, with last admission at 4pm. Tickets will be £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions and children. A family ticket for two adults and two children will be £13.50. School groups will be charged £4 a pupil for a half day, or £5 a pupil for a full day.

On Tuesdays and Sundays visitors to Stories of Lynn will also be able to visit the magnificent 15th-century Stone Hall, splendid Georgian Assembly Room and the Card Room.

On Sundays a special joint ticket is available giving visitors access to Stories of Lynn, Lynn Museum & the Custom House maritime exhibition. Tickets will be: Adults £7, Concessions £4.50, Child £4.50, Family £16.50.

King’s Lynn Borough Archives will be open Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, with last admission at 4pm, and on the first Saturday in the month (excluding public holidays) from 10am to 2pm, with last admission at 1:30pm. There is no charge to visit the King’s Lynn Borough Archives.
For more information go to www.kingslynntownhall.com

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Pilot whale skull goes on display in Lynn

lynn museum pilot whaleFollowing on from a recent sell-out talk on whales and whaling in King’s Lynn, Lynn Museum is displaying a pilot whale skull from its collection.

This is the first time that it has been on display. It offers visitors a chance to get up close and see the fascinating interior of the skull.

Pilot whales, like killer whales, belong to the dolphin family and are the most commonly beached of large marine mammals.

Lynn Museum tells the fascinating story of West Norfolk and is home to Seahenge, the unique 4,000 year old timber circle. The award winning museum is housed in a former Victorian Baptist Chapel in the heart of King’s Lynn.

Open 10am -5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free until the end of March. Lynn Museum is located near the bus station King’s Lynn.

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/Lynn_Museum

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New Downham Heritage Centre set to open

Downham Market’s new Heritage and Learning Centre is set to open on Monday 28th March.

Local people will be the first to be invited to discover more about the history of their town, as the new Heritage and Learning Centre – Discover Downham opens its doors in time for the Easter School holidays.

The centre will be a hub for tourists, the local community and schools and will also be available for groups and societies to hire.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society volunteers have spent the last few months putting the new displays together which focus on Fenland life and the development of the town including its trades, industries and shops.

The Society raised £650,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, WREN, and other local charitable organisations to facilitate the move to brand new premises at the Old Fire Station in Priory Road.

The centre will open to the public on Monday 28th March, and from then on will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am -4pm. Thecentre is free to visit.

On the opening day, Monday 28th March, there will be family activities, from 10.30am – 11.30am, and 2pm-3pm and refreshments available for visitors.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society Chairman Dave Flower said ‘This is an exciting time for us, as we can see years of hard work by our volunteers coming together to provide this vital asset for the local community. We are very grateful to our funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN for all the support they have given us’.

*Kings Lynns latest attraction “Stories of Lynn” is also due to open this Easter, on Friday 25th March.

The new Lynn exhibition, situated inside King’s Lynn Town Hall on the Saturday Market Place, will take visitors on a journey of discovery through 800 years of the the town’s history.

Interactive exhibits, fascinating artefacts and a nationally significant borough archive will all tell the tales of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who helped shape King’s Lynn, one of England’s most important medieval port towns.

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Valentine’s Day family fun in the Vancouver Quarter

VQ valentines

Families flocked to King’s Lynns Vancouver Quarter on Saturday 13 February to make a pop-up card and a mini gift box for a loved one ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The workshop was situated in the former Calendar Club unit next to Costa Coffee and opposite Wilkinson on New Conduit Street and ran from 10am to 3pm.

“Our workshop ahead of Valentine’s Day was very popular with families coming along to have some fun in the town centre decorating pop-up cards and mini gift boxes to give to a loved one,” centre manager Abbie Panks said.

“This activity was another free event and whilst it was designed to bring some fun to the town centre, it also gave parents a free activity to do with their children whilst also supporting the town centre.”

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King’s Lynn Mart 2016

Mart Poster All the fun of the fair – the annual King’s Lynn Mart is here again!

There will be an opening ceremony at 12 noon on Saturday 13th February, following a civic procession from the Town Hall. The traditional Family Day will take place on Monday 15th with all rides costing just £1 except the dodgems £2 a car and altitude £2 per person.

The Mart will open at 12 noon all of half-term week, 15th to 19th. Opening at 6pm the following week, 22rd to 26th. Saturdays it will be open from 12 noon. Sundays the Mart remains closed.

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Exhibition inspired by birds

greyfriars life with birdsA new retrospective exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space will feature works of art inspired by birds.

A life with birds is the first solo exhibition by local artist Tony Bellars, who was a founder member of Greyfriars Art Space.

The exhibition, which runs from Saturday 6th – 20th February, features sketch books, prints, paintings and sculptures of birds from Norfolk, alongside those from Australia and Hong Kong. Often simple, quirky and full of colourful fun, his work is sure to bring a smile to the face of visitors.

Tony will be present at the opening of his show on Saturday 6 February from 12 noon – 4pm. He will also be at Greyfriars Art Space from 10-4pm, Monday to Saturday until 20 Feb. Admission is free, but please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.

Greyfriars Art Space can be found at 43 St James Street, Kings Lynn, just off London Road and opposite local landmark Greyfriars Tower.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

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Media students ‘show off’ their work

 Level 1 graphic design student James Yarrow (who designed this year’s promotional poster) pictured with the exhibition contributors from CWA.

Level 1 graphic design student James Yarrow (who designed this year’s promotional poster) pictured with other exhibition contributors from the College of West Anglia.

Art, Design and Media students to have been showcasing their work in a professional gallery environment in King’s Lynn.

The ‘Show Offs 2016’ pop up exhibition includes students portfolio and assignment work including painting, drawing and print, mixed-media, ceramics and 3D, photography, graphics and film-making.

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The exhibition runs at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St. James Street (opposite Greyfriars tower) until Saturday 30th January, and is open to the public from 10am till 3pm. Entry is free.

Another pop-up exhibition will take place at the Vancouver Quarter. Slightly different work in a different venue, at 24 New Conduit Street and runs from Thursday 4th February until Saturday 6th February. It’s open to the public from 10 till 3pm, and again entry will be free.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

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Light shows return after a festive break

 Lightshows at the Custom House. Photos: Kevin Elfleet

Lightshows at the Custom House. Photos: Kevin Elfleet

King’s Lynn’s famous light shows have returned after taking a break for the festive season. Every evening from 5pm to 10pm, beautiful art installations light up six buildings around the town centre. They were replaced by projections with a festive theme on 22 November, as part of King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on event, the Big Switch-on.

The original projections have been shown every evening since March as part of the Interreg IV funded cross-Channel Art, Cities & Landscape project between the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens. They were due to finish at the end of October, but have been extended due to their popularity.

The six light shows are: “Waves” by Shantidas Riedacker and Dorian Rigal on St Nicholas’ Chapel; “Ecosystem” by Guillaume LePoix and Thomas Daveluy on 1-3 Tuesday Market Place; “Night Sailors” by Julia Dantonnet on the Custom House; “Round of Clocks” by Amandine Meyer and Julia Dantonnet on King’s Lynn Minster; “Doing, undoing the tide” by Gaëtan Robillard on 18 New Conduit Street and “Ephemeral Scenes of Lin” by Halida Boughriet on Greyfriars Tower. A full trail map is available from the Tourist Information Centre or www.west-norfolk.gov.uk

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’re really pleased that we can bring the original light shows back immediately after the festive light shows have finished. The light shows have become a must-see feature of King’s Lynn’s landscape after dark, and this will mean that even more people will have a chance to see them. The festive light shows have proved to be very popular, and I am sure that everyone will be glad to see the returning light shows as they continue to make King’s Lynn an even more beautiful place to live and visit.”

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Very hairy biker gives Pet Fest the paws up

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Local dog celebrity Harley the hairy biker stole the show at the Rainbow Festival of Gifts & Crafts for Pets on Sunday.

The St Bernard has appeared in national newspapers and been interviewed on local radio. But perhaps his biggest claim to fame was when he appeared on the BBC’s One Show with rock star Gene Simmons.

Harley first came into the limelight in July 2004 when his owners marriage was filmed for Anglia TV.

Harley with his owner , boith dressed as Santa.  Photo: John Beck

Harley with his owner Alan Valkeith, both dressed as Santa. Photo: John Beck

Motorbike enthusiasts Alan and Tina Valkeith from Peterborough, said: “He takes all this limelight in his stride. He is always getting his photo taken. People who see him riding in the side car with us can’t believe it.”

Posing for photos at the Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge he had no comment to make to us, but later gave a big ‘paws up’ for the Pet Fest, where dozens of visitors and their pets turned up to look around the stalls.

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Late night shopping in King’s Lynn 2015

Vancouver Quarter Night 2

Pop into King’s Lynn town centre every Thursday from November 26 until Christmas to take advantage of late night shopping up until 8pm.

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Win tickets to see Joe Brown in King’s Lynn

Photo:  Judy Totton

Photo: Judy Totton

COMPETITION CLOSES AT 6PM TONIGHT

Singer Joe Brown is set to appear at the Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on Sunday 21st February 2016, and two lucky people will be able to visit FREE courtesy of King’s Lynn Online. Just keep reading till the end of this article to find out how to enter our competition.

Joe Brown MBE has hit the road again this Autumn on a major tour of the UK that takes him up to Christmas and then on into 2016 for another two months.

It’s a long tour, and a tough one, but it could so easily never have happened. And not just this set of dates.

Way back in 1960 Joe was on the road as lead guitarist with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Joe already had solo hits with People Gotta Talk and Darktown Strutters Ball so Larry Parnes, his then manager, pulled him off the tour to do his own headline shows.

A stroke of luck? Fate? Who knows. One thing’s for sure, it certainly could have saved his life. If Joe’d stuck with the original plan he’d have been in the car crash that tragically cost Eddie his – and the last five and a half decades of JB music would never have happened.

Since that very first hit Joe has toured, performed and entertained like the master he is – a man with a musical skill set to be envied and totally at home with the quickfire gag and the effortless repartee that’s now part and parcel of the cheeky chappie.

Although born in Lincolnshire, Joe was evacuated to London and grew up in the East End in the pub that his mum ran. He started playing professionally at 18 and soon outgrew the music hall songs of his parents, embracing skiffle in his late teens and then rock ‘n’ roll. The revelation that was Little Richard changed his life.

Photo:  Judy Totton

Photo: Judy Totton

Much has been written of Joe’s role as a UK guitar pioneer and rightly so. But, as the man modestly says, “There was nobody around in those days to tell you you were doing it wrong”. So he developed his own style which included playing guitar behind his head (a move that is said to have influenced Jimi Hendrix).

His guitar playing has been lauded by many of his fellow artists including luminaries such as George Harrison, Mark Knopfler and Keith Richards, to name but a few. His receipt of a coveted Mojo Award a few years back proved one of the most popular awards of the night.

Joe’s last album “The Ukulele Album” demonstrated his love of that instrument, one he’s championed for many years, but his accomplishments are spread wide. He also plays mandolin, mandola, fiddle, trumpet, banjo and, of course, electric and acoustic guitar.

Accompanied by his four strong band which includes his MD son Pete, the forthcoming tour will see Joe playing old favourites, rockers and new songs with a twist. Like a ringmaster overseeing his domain Joe commands the stage and, like the true professional he is, always delivers.

So what’s in store? A great musical evening, a hugely enjoyable one and probably a complete revelation. An inspiring tour de force – that’s Joe Brown for you.

Competition

Can you name the county where Joe Brown was born?

Just email your answer to us, for the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to Joe’s Concert in Lynn on Sunday 21st February 2016. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details. Prize winner will be announced on New Years Eve.

2016 Tour Dates

January 2016

Wednesday 13th Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre

Thursday 14th Crawley The Hawth

Friday 15th Eastbourne Congress Theatre

Saturday 16th Reading Hexagon

Sunday 17th Weston Super Mare The Playhouse Theatre

Saturday 23rd Buxton Opera House

Sunday 24th Southport Southport Theatre

Monday 25th Darlington Civic Theatre

Tuesday 26th Halifax The Victoria Theatre

Wednesday 27th Gateshead The Sage

Friday 29th York Grand Opera House

Saturday 30th Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Sunday 31st Llandudno Venue Cymru

February 2016

Thursday 4th Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls

Friday 5th Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre

Saturday 6th Torquay The Princess Theatre

Sunday 7th Bristol Hippodrome

Monday 8th Worthing The Pavilion Theatre

Sunday 14th Skegness The Embassy Theatre

Monday 15th Ipswich Regent Theatre

Tuesday 16th Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Wednesday 17th London Cadogan Hall

Friday 19th St Albans The Alban Arena

Sunday 21st Kings Lynn The Corn Exchange

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The Big Switch-on is bigger than ever in King’s Lynn!

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King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on is an afternoon of festive fun from 12noon to 4:30pm on Sunday 22 November.

There will be live music, and street performances around the town, before the countdown to the switch-on begins in the Tuesday Market Place.

Strolling around the town will be the Fairy Tale Princes and Princesses. They are returning to King’s Lynn after they were part of the incredibly popular Fairy Tales and Legends event held in the town this summer.

Father and Mother Christmas will be appearing in a winter wonderland in Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and Covent Garden street entertainers, and a host of other characters will be around the town.

From 2pm the Tuesday Market Place will be abuzz with live entertainment as the main stage opens. KLFM’s Simon Rowe, Charles Dennett and Christopher Dean will host a selection of special guests and live entertainment; including The B-Sides, Addison’s Uncle, and the winners of Battle of the Acoustic Bands ‘Pirate Joe’ and ‘Sacred Nations’.

From 4pm the Princes and Princesses and Mother and Father Christmas will join Si, Charles and Chris on the Tuesday Market Place stage. Dame Doubletop and Friar Tuck, stars of The Adventures of Robin Hood, this year’s pantomime at the Alive Corn Exchange, will also be on stage. The countdown will begin, and at 4:30pm, the switch-on will be done by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, and the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Linda Whitby, and a special VIP.

Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for ICT, Leisure and Public Space, said: “The big switch-on promises to be bigger and better this year, with fun for all the family. I hope that holding the switch-on on a Sunday will encourage lots of people to join us to mark the start of the festive season and support our town centre.”

The switch-on event is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre.

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